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Jason Aldean, Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert Celebrate Success of ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ in Nashville

Colt Ford, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert
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On Tuesday afternoon, August 30, Jason Aldean and plenty of his friends and peers gathered on the rooftop of BMI in Nashville for an unforgettable party to celebrate his latest chart-topping smash, ‘Dirt Road Anthem.’ Besides recognizing Aldean as the man responsible for the hit, co-writers Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert were also on hand to receive the praise behind the song that has changed all three of their lives.

“It’s one of those songs that truthfully was already a hit song,” Ford told Taste of Country prior to the handing out of plaques and trophies. “It was a hit song for me. It’s one of those songs if I didn’t play it every night [in my shows], I would have a hard time getting out of where I was [laughs]! They just like that song so much. I opened up for Jason a lot in 2009, and we’ve become really good friends. He was seeing the reaction to that song even though it had never been on the radio. Now it has become the biggest downloaded single of his career. When you hear him do it every night, there’s no question that that’s a hit song, for sure!”

Both Aldean and his producer, Michael Knox, fell in love with the country-rap song and recorded it on the singer’s ‘My Kinda Party’ album. ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ was released as the album’s third single, following the title track and the Kelly Clarkson duet ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay.’ While the song was “differnent” to some, Aldean knew the song was a hit and had to be heard.

“My thing’s always been good songs are good songs,” says Aldean. “I heard one of the rappers say one time that the first rap song was ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ by Charlie Daniels, so I don’t know. I thought the song was cool. That’s why I wanted to record it. I can’t sit here and tell you that I thought it was going to be a No. 1 record, [but] I thought the song was great. I knew if people had the chance to hear it that they would like it. What it does from here on out is kind of anybody’s guess. I did feel like if it had the opportunity, that it could possibly be a big song. We’ve had songs stay at No. 1 for longer than this one, but the song gets a bigger reaction than anything we’ve ever had. Whether it topped [the charts] or not, it did its deal even if it wouldn’t have.”

Earlier this month, Aldean released his fourth single from ‘My Kinda Party,’ the album’s opening tune, ‘Tattoos on This Town.’

Listen to Jason Aldean’s ‘Tattoos on This Town’

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